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The Cuirass class battleship is one of a new breed of designs that Sorylian Engineers started working on at the beginning of the Seccession Wars, based on predictions of how the conflict would escalate. Now Relthoza mediums are also an interesting design space, and there is plenty of scope here. This would have been super-cool and added more reasons to buy multiple boxed sets, and also another play element to the game – an AI deck.
The Serapis also retains some of the innovation and options that the Cuirass introduces, such as a reinforced fore and sector shielding:. Employing an experimental advanced cloaking field, the Cryptos is almost impossible to target when cloaked, and chooses when to engage its prey using the same nanospatial lance system used in the Dysdera.
It also maintains a standard broadside weaponry to protect itself from flanking attacks should its cloak or shunt matrix be damaged, though most Cryptos crews pray that these are never to be used, as it is not a ship designed for an honest, even fight.
Next we have the Cryptos Destroyer, one of the most daring and advanced ships Relthozan technology has produced to date. This would also make it ideal to pair with a reserved Falx entering by foldspace for a heavy-hitting one-two punch in the early or mid-point of the game. This is a tough cruiser, built on the same lines as the Kopis, shielded as standard and with the capability to increase that shield strength.
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Although the recent conflict in the Storm Zone has drained Sorylian forces and allowed the Relthoza to make gains, these are relatively minor and have not allowed for the large scale footholds the Twenty had hoped for. I’ve never really had too much of a problem with the Brood Battleship, it’s a solid ship. As with much emergent Relthozan technology, it is meant to be highly disruptive to any enemies plans.
One of the things the Relthoza lack is a stand-off destroyer the Venom is very much an ambush predatorand surprisingly for a race which is quite torpedo-heavy, they have no dedicated Torpedo Cruiser.
The Relthoza Incursions into Sorylian territory have time and again been repulsed by the sphere defences the Sorylians have entrenched around their territory. Once again, Tier 3s would be reworked all-resin Nidus frigates, giving us a nice up-to-date offering for the Relthoza, with plenty of new dirty tricks up their sleeves.
What I’d have loved to see from Spartan here would be an add-ons pack of Pathogen pieces for the included ships, to replace some of the ships parts. Flagellants have thus rapidly gained a reputation as line-breakers, and it is seen as one of the most honourable positions to hold in the Collective’s Sphere Defence fleets.
Utilising the same basic hull arrangement of the Cuirass, the Serapis dispenses with shrouded weapons for overall hull strengthening and the provision of extensive launch bays for its assault shuttles to carry the vast numbers of its boarding marines to the enemy.
Another more unique innovation on this second generation battleship is the ability to deploy Seeker-Class Drones. So let’s have a look at some rationale:. The Bolas is a stand-off torpedo cruiser designed to provide long-range support to advancing fleets.
In a similar manner with the construction of the ships in this set, you could have a pathogen bottom that would fit the Aquan top, giving you yet another iteration of the ships. It has, however, an advanced shunt matrix to allow itself to reposition whilst cloaked, meaning the enemy can never predict where the ship will suddenly appear, it’s alien weaponry tearing ships apart from inside before fading away into blackness.
This has been done elsewhere like Deadzone – you include a set of cards that allow you to play against an AI-Pathogen fleet. We heard mention above of the Pauldron Escort Cruiser above, so let’s start there.
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The Sorylians and the Relthoza. Firstly, the Cuirass has a much greater offensive bent that the Falx — it is built as a ship ready firfstorm duel with other battleships in open space one-to-one, and take them down. This enables SRS cover for smaller task forces, and boosts the abilities of larger vessels such as the Serapis – the latter is not configured for bomber operations, but coupled with 2 Pauldrons, it can field both bombers and assault shuttles, or provide interceptor cover etc.
Take the Aquan Cruiser from the Taskforce Reinforcement boxes – you have a top and a bottom, plus another add-on for the Carrier version.
This type of assault often disrupts the carefully made plans of their opponents, allowing the Sorylians rapidly-closing fleet elements to mop up the scattered remnants.
This would both extend flexibility and appeal to players, and give people a reason to either buy multiple boxed sets, or to buy the boxed set and still buy the separate models on individual release. The Atrax is a ship designed to prize other vessels through martial combat.
It retains the ability to use its Kinetic and Torpedo weapons even with this profile, so it is not a passive approach, meaning that when it arrives in optimum firing position firestodm is likely to be doing so at full or close to full HP, making it a very potent early-game ship the enemy cannot afford to ignore, especially if also accompanied by Flechettes to further enhance its firepower.
Most Spartan 2-player sets come with extras, like the Valhalla station and the Overseers gate and probe. Advanced shunt matrices and new cloaking systems are also being deployed, together with expanded suites of support ship types to disrupt the highly structured Sorylian defences. Now, the Falx isn’t a bad ship, it just isn’t an equal counter to other Large ships it’s no dueller – so enter the Cuirass:.
Commonly fielding assault shuttles and packed with warriors, these ships are fireztorm cheap and fast to construct, relying on stealth and cloaks to get to their prey and seize them. What do I mean? It is also possible to take a pair of Pauldron Escort Cruiser to further expand and add wrmada to its SRS complement. Well, first off, another Battleship would be a good start. Shield generators may also be fitted with Terran-derived sectoring technology, something unknown on Sorylian ships of the past, but garnered out of close cooperation with their Kurak allies.
As such, we have the Flagellant:. With AP, movement and Assault Blitz upgrades, the Cuirass becomes ar,ada very credible boarding threat in zrmada to its native direct AD potential, especially paired with a Katar Assault Cruiser. As such, the Pauldron has been devloped using the same manufacturing lines as produce the Skyhammer and Falcata Cruisers, adapting the hull to provide flexible launch bays for an array of different SRS. This results in a slightly more delicate internal structure, simply because of the fine balance required for the new technology.
The Dysdera employs the same nanospatial lance technology that was first implemented on the Virulence Gunship, in an up-armoured version of the same hull as the Atrax. The Cuirass bears many similarities to the Falx cirestorm Swordbreaker that preceded it, but with several enhancements and design shifts. The Relthoza spiders were my first entry point into the FSA universe, so I’m used to them and I’ve never had a problem with how they play in terms of seeing them as “difficult”.
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More inhabitable worlds to colonize. With a fast, hard-hitting battleship, what other class could a multi-part model make that would fit with Sorylian lore, and fill a role in their fleets? Now, with Spartan’s ability to create more complex, multi-part models, it should be possible to create a boxed set that actually give you Large and Medium models that can be built in one of two different ways.
Such is the power drain from this new cloak, however, that it cannot use weaponry whilst it is engaged and even if it could, to do so would reveal it’s location to targeting sensors. The Sorylians, like the Relthoza, are excellent martial opponents, so the need for more means fifestorm delivering more warriors into the field is highly desirable, hence the development of the Atrax:.
It needs to be a tough ship too, since it’s assigned duty is minesweeping, using the new Minsweeper MAR:. Alternatively they can be outfitted with the next generation of Shunt drives, enabling them to leap fierstorm and deliver a crippling blow where the enemy would never suspect it.
The Relthoza have a good selection of options, and I love the feel of the faction. It also reduces the range of any installed battle shunt drive generator – the power requirements for more would simply be impractical to accommodate without a major hull redesign and expansion.